I love a technicality, and technically, Anastasia has become a Disney princess. On Thursday, Disney announced it had struck a deal to acquire Fox for $52.4 billion. Following the deal, most people have focused on the steps towards a Disney monopoly like no other: the merger means all the characters within the pages of Marvel Comics are finally under one cinematic roof. The merger also means that Anastasia, the heroine from the 1997 film of the same name, is officially a Disney princess.
Despite always feeling like she should be a Disney princess, the movie came out of 20th Century Fox’s animation studios and could never really be on your list of favorite princesses, until now. I’m psyched to add her to my list of favorites, but the issue now is exactly where on that list she’ll land. She’s kind of a badass, you know.
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My favorite Disney princess has always been Mulan, but with this news, I’m not sure how solid that ranking is. Mulan and Anastasia have a lot in common, they’re two of the earliest examples of self-sufficient princesses who seek out their own adventures rather than just search for a prince to marry or stumble into trouble and expect a man to save them. These are the princesses that paved the way for stories with strong role models like Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida, or Moana.
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If you’re still on the fence, let’s talk about our newest Disney prince, Dimitri. As a child, he selflessly saves Anastasia and her grandmother. As an adult, he’s a con man with a heart of gold who looks damn good in a tux and can waltz with the best of them. Oh yeah, and did I mention he was voiced by John Cusack? Oops, probably should’ve mentioned that first.
And then there’s the villain of the story – Rasputin! He’s such a creep in such a lovely, historically accurate way.
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Seriously, this movie should be working its way to the top of your list, if it isn’t already.
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